Game 3 - First Period

Tuesday, 05.03.2011 / 8:25 PM

Thoughts and views from the first period at Bridgestone Arena...

 - Incredibly fast paced start to the game; both teams were flying in that period and hitting on all four lines.

 - Jordin Tootoo looks to be hyped up -- he's creating match-up problems for the Canucks with his pure speed. He created a great chance with a forecheck on his line's first shift and then beat a defenseman wide to his backhand side on his next shift.

 - Martin Erat has been strong through the first half of the period; he's been around the puck in the offensive zone on just about all of that line's shifts.

 - Shots were 8-1 Vancouver through the first six minutes, but that was misleading; the Preds missed the net on two great opportunities -- Tootoo hit the outside of the post on his line's first shift and Halischuk chipped a puck just over the crossbar from the slot on his line's first shift.

 - Heck of an individual play by David Legwand on the shorthanded goal; broke up the play in the defensive zone, created a turnover behind the Vancouver net with a strong forecheck (and a bit of a miscommunication between Luongo and his defense), jammed the initial shot to the front of the net and then stayed by the post when Spaling fed Suter cutting backdoor and was able to tap in Suter's pass back across the crease.

 - That's three goals in four games that Suter has created by following the play to the offensive zone goal line --- his forecheck in Game 6 against Anaheim created Spaling's first goal, his play in Game 2 at Vancouver created the overtime forcing goal, and his play tonight joining the rush earned the primary assist on the game's opening goal.

 - The goaltenders were outstanding again: Rinne made a highlight reel save around six minutes into the game to keep it scoreless and then Luongo answered back with a sprawling pad save on Sullivan's breakaway with around two minutes remaining in the frame.


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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
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2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
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8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

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2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
S. Weber 79 23 33 -2 56
P. Hornqvist 76 22 31 1 53
C. Smith 79 24 28 16 52
M. Fisher 75 20 29 -4 49
R. Josi 72 13 27 -2 40
M. Cullen 77 10 29 4 39
C. Wilson 81 11 22 -1 33
N. Spaling 71 13 19 2 32
R. Ellis 80 6 21 9 27
G. Bourque 74 9 17 -5 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Hutton 20 11 4 .910 2.62
D. Dubnyk 11 18 3 .891 3.43

 
 

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